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The Five Invitations

• <b>Author:</b> Frank Ostaseski<p><i>Death is not waiting for us at the end of a long road. Death is always with us, in the marrow of every passing moment. She is the secret teacher hiding in plain sight, helping us to discover what matters most.</i><p>Life and death are a package deal. They cannot be pulled apart and …

PETA, L.A.-based shoemaker Rebecca Mink team up to create vegan flats

Ostrich skin has cachet in the world of luxury accessories, but like most exotic materials, it comes at a price to animals. In an effort to raise awareness and offer a stylish alternative, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has teamed with Los Angeles-based shoemaker Rebecca Mink to create …

Miley Cyrus

Pitbull wins landslide in mayoral election in Kentucky

The battle for the American presidency might have been close, but in the small Kentucky town of Rabbit Hash, a pitbull called Brynneth Pawltro won the mayoralty by a landslide.<p>Brynneth beat off competition for the job from a cat, chicken and a donkey for the coveted post to provide political …

Voting

31 Butternut Squash Recipes That Will Make You Wonder Why Pumpkin Gets All the Attention

Always the supporting role, never the star. The opening act, but never the main event. When it comes to fall ingredients, butternut squash often gets …

Healthy Eating

Leonard Cohen Makes It Darker

At eighty-two, the troubadour has another album coming. Like him, it is obsessed with mortality, God-infused, and funny.<p>When Leonard Cohen was twenty-five, he was living in London, sitting in cold rooms writing sad poems. He got by on a three-thousand-dollar grant from the Canada Council for the …

How to make zoats, the zucchini and oatmeal breakfast dish that's taking over Pinterest

Zoats are taking over Pinterest. While the name might read like a typo, zoats are quite simply an amalgamation of zucchini and oats. So yes, that's …

Breakfast

No grades, no timetable: Berlin school turns teaching upside down

Anton Oberländer is a persuasive speaker. Last year, when he and a group of friends were short of cash for a camping trip to Cornwall, he managed to talk Germany’s national rail operator into handing them some free tickets. So impressed was the management with his chutzpah that they invited him …

Education

Netflix movies: the 100 best films on Netflix UK

10 Best Beatles Books

Considering that it takes some formidable organizational chops to serve as a competent Beatles bibliographer, it can be downright daunting if you're …

Siblings

An Italian court ruled that stealing food shouldn't be punished if you're hungry and needy

In 2015, Ostriakov was sentenced to six months in jail plus a fine.<p>The "historic" overruling sets the precedence that those who steal a little bit of food when "in the face of the immediate and essential need for nourishment" are not committing a crime, BBC reported. Instead, doing so is considered …

New book about Ariz. wildfire that killed 19 firefighters

"The Fire Line: The Story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots and One of the Deadliest Days in American Firefighting" (Flatiron Books), by Fernanda …

Fire Fighting

With Fear, Determination And Poetry: How Great Writers Face Death

Katie Roiphe's preoccupation with death goes back to her childhood, when she contracted virulent pneumonia at the age of 12. She was sick for a year and thought she was going to die.<p>Her terror of death was reignited many years later when her father died. It was then that Riophe found herself …

Literature

19 Incredible New Books You Need To Read This Spring

~Spring~ into reading a new book!

Books

Welcome Back

200 million women and girls live with female genital mutilation, says U.N.

<b>(CNN) —</b> They covered her face and laid her down.<p>What happened next, Agnes wishes no girl would ever experience.<p>"They grabbed my legs and arms," she said. "They excised me. Blood was coming out."<p>Her genitals had been mutilated.<p>Agnes, now 14, underwent the procedure in Cote D'Ivoire. But the practice …

Female Genital Mutilation

The Stranger Beside Me

• <b>Author:</b> Ann Rule<p>Utterly unique in its astonishing intimacy, as jarringly frightening as when it first appeared, Ann Rule's The Stranger Beside Me defies our expectation that we would surely know if a monster lived among us, worked alongside of us, appeared as one of us. With a slow chill that …

Narcissistic Lovers

• <b>Author:</b> Cynthia Zayn & M.S. Kevin Dibble<p>In a revealing study of relationships where partners love themselves first, last, and always, Cynthia Zayn and Kevin Dibble help readers determine whether their partner is over the line and has narcissistic personality disorder. The book draws on the authors' …

Far From the Tree

• <b>Author:</b> Andrew Solomon<p><b>From the National Book Award–winning author of The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression comes a monumental new work, a decade in the writing, about family. In Far from the Tree, Andrew Solomon tells the stories of parents who not only learn to deal with their exceptional</b> …

The Fire Next Time

• <b>Author:</b> James Baldwin<p>A national bestseller when it first appeared in 1963, <b>The Fire Next Time</b> galvanized the nation and gave passionate voice to the emerging civil rights movement. At once a powerful evocation of James Baldwin's early life in Harlem and a disturbing examination of the consequences …

Will I Ever Be Free of You?

• <b>Author:</b> Karyl McBride<p>Author of the bestseller <i>Will I Ever Be Good Enough? Healing the Daughters of Narcissistic Mothers</i> Dr. Karyl McBride draws on her expertise in treating children and partners damaged by narcissists in this practical new guide to divorce and its aftermath.<p>With more than three …

Psychopath Free (Expanded Edition)

• <b>Author:</b> Jackson MacKenzie<p><b>Have you ever been in a relationship with a psychopath? Chances are, even if you did, you would never know it. Psychopaths are cunning charmers and master manipulators, to the point where you start to accept the most extreme behaviors as normal…</b> <b></b> <b><br>Even if it hurts you.</b> <b></b> <b></b><br>All …

Suicide

• <b>Author:</b> Simon Critchley<p>Suicide is everywhere. It haunts history and current events. It haunts our own networks of friends and family. It most likely haunts your private thoughts, too. Why delay the inevitable silence, particularly when this world can be so painful? The specter of suicide looms …

Behind the Beautiful Forevers

• <b>Author:</b> Katherine Boo<p>In this brilliant, breathtaking book by Pulitzer Prize winner Katherine Boo, a bewildering age of global change and inequality is made human through the dramatic story of families striving toward a better life in Annawadi, a makeshift settlement in the shadow of luxury hotels …

Fatal Vision

• <b>Author:</b> Joe McGinniss<p><i>Fatal Vision</i> is the electrifying true story of Dr. Jeffrey MacDonald, the handsome, Princeton-educated physician convicted of savagely slaying his young pregnant wife and two small children, murders he vehemently denies committing.<p>Bestselling author Joe McGinniss chronicles …

Black Hearts

• <b>Author:</b> Jim Frederick<p>This is the story of a small group of soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division’s fabled 502nd Infantry Regiment—a unit known as “the Black Heart Brigade.” Deployed in late 2005 to Iraq’s so-called Triangle of Death, a veritable meat grinder just south of Baghdad, the Black …

One of Us

• <b>Author:</b> Åsne Seierstad & Sarah Death<p><b>A harrowing and thorough account of the massacre that upended Norway, and the trial that helped put the country back together</b><p>On July 22, 2011, Anders Behring Breivik detonated a bomb outside government buildings in central Oslo, killing eight people. He then …

Scientists unveil potential schizophrenia breakthrough

Scientists pursuing the biological roots of schizophrenia have identified a potential factor - a normal brain process that gets kicked into overdrive - that could lead to breakthroughs in the prevention or treatment of the condition.<p>The result, accomplished by analysis of genetics, autopsy brain …

Neuroscience